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21. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 838 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

I got yellow fever some time ago and when I went to renew it, I got four pills to take instead. Currently malaria vaccination requires four shots and is less than 50% effective.

22. Posted by berner256 (Moderator 1071 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

I think you've gotten the oral typhoid vaccine (four pills) confused with yellow fever vaccination.

It's now been determined that a single yellow fever vaccination lasts a lifetime. See this link from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/yellowfever/vaccine/index.html

This is a fairly new development. Officials in some countries may not be aware of it. So some travelers have asked their health-care provider to amend or issue a new certificate indicating that the vaccination is valid for life.

See this link from the World Health Organization: http://www.who.int/ith/updates/20160727/en/

If you are traveling to certain countries, particularly in Africa, it is essential that you carry your vaccination certificate at all times, even after initial entry into the country. Sometimes officials you encounter at checkpoints -- perhaps seeking "cadeaux" -- will ask to see it. I've encountered this in both Cameroon and Gabon, for example.

Yellow fever vaccination is very costly in the U.S., if you can get it. It might be less expensive and more available overseas.

There is no widely available vaccination for malaria. It will be tested next year in certain areas in Ghana, Kenya and Malawi. See this recent World Health Organization link: http://www.who.int/malaria/media/malaria-vaccine-implementation-qa/en/

However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved a new drug, tafenoquine, for the treatment of those with recurring malaria. See this link: https://www.bbc.com/news/health-44801139

As mentioned earlier, protect yourself against insect bites. Besides malaria, other mosquito-born diseases include chikungunya and dengue for which there are no prophylactic drugs nor cure. See this link: https://www.cdc.gov/dengue/prevention/index.html

When it comes to health it's always wise to consult your physician. If it's travel health information you need, consult a specialist in that field. Many local governments operate travel health clinics.

Your health and safety are paramount. So be alert, be informed. Get the facts. Don't rely on hearsay.

[ Edit: Edited on 09-Sep-2018, at 21:53 by berner256 ]

23. Posted by Andrew Mack (Respected Member 517 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

There are a few web-sites which give details of different vaccinations/precautions for different countries. As for malaria this has an interactive map (click on the country and it changes to a country only map showing hazard level); https://www.cdc.gov/malaria/travelers/about_maps.html

24. Posted by Andrew Mack (Respected Member 517 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

Quoting berner256

If you're traveling to developing countries, bring an LED flashlight. Power outages do occur with regularity in some places. Also, electricity only may be available for a few hours at night. Costco has some inexpensive but powerful LED flashlights (three for $19.95). They operate on batteries that you can get anywhere.

Wise idea. I use a little windup LED torch. It's not very powerful but generates enough light to stop me falling into ditches/drains and to check a map.
It's very small (Palm sized) so fits in a pocket easily and doesn't run out of batteries at an inopportune moment.
Having said that, I'm always on the lookout during sales for a slightly more powerful windup model :)

25. Posted by AndyF (Moderator 1287 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

Andrew, Decathlon sell various sizes of wind up torch.

26. Posted by greatgrandmaR (Travel Guru 838 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

Quoting berner256

I think you've gotten the oral typhoid vaccine (four pills) confused with yellow fever vaccination.

It's now been determined that a single yellow fever vaccination lasts a lifetime. See this link from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/yellowfever/vaccine/index.html

This is a fairly new development. Officials in some countries may not be aware of it. So some travelers have asked their health-care provider to amend or issue a new certificate indicating that the vaccination is valid for life.

You are correct. I did them at the same time and got them mixed up. I got the original yellow fever in 2008 and I was afraid that they would want it where I was going and would not let me proceed without it. So my vaccination passport (a little yellow thing that has all the shots recorded on it) says that I got yellow fever in 2018.

27. Posted by Andrew Mack (Respected Member 517 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

Quoting AndyF

Andrew, Decathlon sell various sizes of wind up torch.

Thanks. Unfortunately the nearest one is some distance from me, but next time i'm in the area...

28. Posted by Teoni (Respected Member 614 posts) 13w Star this if you like it!

Just an extra tip for avoiding insect bites, wear loose clothing, even jeggings you might think are thick but mosquitoes will still be able to bite through.

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